Falcons’ late rally falls short to Broncos

Sean Connelly, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green baseball team fell just a little short to WMU on Saturday afternoon by a score of 10-6.

The Falcons and Broncos were set for game two of the three-game series.

The game started with a few 1-2-3 innings exchanged between the two teams until the Broncos struck first blood in the second scoring two runs.

WMU added another in the bottom of the third as well.

It wasn’t until the top of the fourth that the Falcons got on the scoreboard with sophomore Nathan Archer scoring a two-run home run.

In the bottom of the fifth WMU added to their lead, scoring five more runs on a couple of wild pitches in that inning totaling eight runs on the day.

In the top of the sixth, senior Nathan Rose filed a single to right field, advancing to second on a wild pitch, then to third on a ground ball.

Senior Tyler Ross followed him in as he hit a hard ball to short-scoring Rose from third.

At the start of the seventh inning, the tarps came on the field as the rain came pouring down.

An hour later, play resumed with the Falcons at bat.

Freshman DJ Newman reached base on a single to right.

Then, a batter later, senior Kyle Gurney was hit by a pitch.

However, the Falcons couldn’t get anything rolling as a popup in the infield ended the inning.

In the top of the eighth, Archer reached base on a walk.

A batter later, Ross reached base on a walk as well putting the Falcons in scoring position.

Senior Justin Fugitt took advantage, singling to right field and scoring Archer, and inching closer to Western’s lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, WMU added to their lead with 2 runs of their own making it 10-4.

In the top of the ninth, the Falcons needed 6 runs to extend the game.

Newman started the inning by reaching on a walk.

Gurney then stepped to the plate and striped a double to right center field, advancing Newman to third.

A wild pitch later advanced Gurney to third and scored Newman, tightening the gap between the Falcons and Broncos.

Freshman Sam Seidel hit a groundout to second base, scoring Gurney from third and making it 10-6.

Senior Nathan Rose then added to his day tallying another single to the left side.

However, that’s where the rally came to end as a strikeout and a groundout concluded the game with a score of Broncos 10 Falcons 6.

Junior Peyton Wilson was carded for the loss pitching four innings and giving up five of the ten Broncos runs.

With the loss, the Falcons fall to 12-24 overall and 9-7 in MAC play.

The Falcons and Broncos will wrap up the weekend series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch in Kalamazoo.

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.